One game I remember playing a lot when growing up was Yahtzee. I doubt there’s a single one of my readers that has never owned or played a copy. Triple Yahtzee was my favorite because not only did you have to try to fill your scorecard, you had to do so three times, each time deciding whether or not your score was high enough to warrant placement in the 3x column.
Phase 10 Dice uses the familiar Yahtzee rolling mechanic (roll, set aside your keepers, re-roll, again set aside your keepers and then one final roll). But instead of five standard dice, Phase 10 Dice includes ten custom versions. There are 6 dice with numbers 5 through 10, and four with 1 through 4 and two “W’s” on each of them. “W’s” are wild and can be used for any number – important when trying to complete some of the harder Phases.
In Yahtzee you have the luxury of being able to complete any task on the scoresheet. With this game you have to complete the Phases in order. Fail on your turn and you must try again on your next. Score high enough on the first five Phases and you’ll receive a 40 point bonus for your efforts. Similarly, be the first to successfully complete all ten Phases and you’ll also be awarded an additional ten points.
Also like Yahtzee, Phase 10 Dice can be played by any number of people. Because of its small form factor, it makes a good travel game, especially when you may not know how many people you’ll need to accommodate.
If the scoresheets prove too small, or you just run out, there are a number of online resources that allow you to print your own pre-made sheets. Definitely a perk that we didn’t have years ago when we ran out of Yahtzee sheets!
You’ll find Phase 10 Dice on Amazon usually for under $6 shipped! We’ve seen them at Target and Walmart also alongside other travel games and card decks. Rated for ages 8+, this is easily played by children much younger. It’s not too late to sneak one into the Easter basket!